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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439241/nifedipine-inhibition-of-high-voltage-activated-calcium-channel-currents-in-cerebral-artery-myocytes-is-influenced-by-extracellular-divalent-cations
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Fei Wang, Masayo Koide, George C Wellman
Voltage-dependent calcium channels (VDCCs) play an essential role in regulating cerebral artery diameter and it is widely appreciated that the L-type VDCC, CaV1.2, encoded by the CACNA1C gene, is a principal Ca(2+) entry pathway in vascular myocytes. However, electrophysiological studies using 10 mM extracellular barium ([Ba(2+)]o) as a charge carrier have shown that ~20% of VDCC currents in cerebral artery myocytes are insensitive to 1,4-dihydropyridine (1,4-DHP) L-type VDDC inhibitors such as nifedipine. Here, we investigated the hypothesis that the concentration of extracellular divalent cations can influence nifedipine inhibition of VDCC currents...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439239/development-of-automated-patch-clamp-technique-to-investigate-cftr-chloride-channel-function
#2
Arnaud Billet, Lionel Froux, John W Hanrahan, Frederic Becq
The chloride (Cl(-)) channel cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is defective in cystic fibrosis (CF), and mutation of its encoding gene leads to various defects such as retention of the misfolded protein in the endoplasmic reticulum, reduced stability at the plasma membrane, abnormal channel gating with low open probability, and thermal instability, which leads to inactivation of the channel at physiological temperature. Pharmacotherapy is one major therapeutic approach in the CF field and needs sensible and fast tools to identify promising compounds...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436159/the-mechanism-research-of-hypoxia-induced-increased-late-sodium-current-resulting-in-intracellular-ca-2-overload-in-ventricular-myocytes
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Chen Fu, Jie Hao, Mengliu Zeng, Yejia Song, Wanzhen Jiang, Peihua Zhang, Antao Luo, Zhenzhen Cao, Luiz Belardinelli, Jihua Ma
Hypoxia leads to augmentation of late sodium current (INa.L ) and cellular Na(+) loading, increased reverse Na(+) -Ca(2+) exchange current (reverse INCX ) and intracellular Ca(2+) loading in rabbit ventricular myocytes. The purpose of this study was to determine the intracellular signal transduction pathways involved in the modulation of INa.L during hypoxia in ventricular myocytes. Whole-cell and cell-attached patch clamp techniques were used to record INa.L , and the whole-cell mode was also used to record reverse INCX and to study intercellular signal transduction mechanisms that mediate the increased INa...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435401/head-and-neck-lymphomas-a-retrospective-ten-year-observation
#4
Marcelina Niemiec, Grażyna Stryjewska-Makuch, Małgorzata Janik, Bogdan Kolebacz, Grażyna Lisowska, Wojciech Ścierski
AIM OF THE STUDY: Lymphomas are a heterogeneous group of tumours of lymphoid tissue in which there is an abnormal proliferation of cells of the lymphatic system. The literature notes a gradual increase in the incidence of this type of cancer in the whole population. The aim of the study was to evaluate whether the above tendency occurs in the head and neck area. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the years 2005-2014, at the Otolaryngology and Laryngological Oncology Department of the Upper Silesian Medical Centre in Katowice, 77 cases of lymphoma were recorded, 58 of which were analysed in terms of location, histological type, age and sex of the patient, and the presence of risk factors...
2017: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432140/visually-evoked-3-5-hz-membrane-potential-oscillations-reduce-the-responsiveness-of-visual-cortex-neurons-in-awake-behaving-mice
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Michael C Einstein, Pierre-Olivier Polack, Duy T Tran, Peyman Golshani
Low frequency membrane potential (Vm) oscillations were once thought to only occur in sleeping and anesthetized states. Recently, low frequency Vm oscillations have been described in inactive awake animals, but it is unclear if they shape sensory processing in neurons and whether they occur during active awake behavioral states. To answer these questions, we performed two-photon guided whole-cell Vm recordings from primary visual cortex layer 2/3 excitatory and inhibitory neurons in awake mice during passive visual stimulation and performance of visual and auditory discrimination tasks...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432059/increased-amplitude-of-inward-rectifier-k-currents-with-advanced-age-in-smooth-muscle-cells-of-murine-superior-epigastric-arteries
#6
Sebastien Hayoz, Jessica Pettis, Vanessa Bradley, Steven S Segal, William F Jackson
Inward rectifier K(+) channels (KIR) may contribute to skeletal muscle blood flow regulation and adapt to advanced age. Using mouse abdominal wall superior epigastric arteries (SEAs) from either young (3-6 months) or old (24-26 months) male C57BL/6 mice, we investigated whether SEA smooth muscle cells (SMCs) express functional KIR, and how aging may affect KIR function. Freshly dissected SEAs were either enzymatically dissociated to isolate SMCs for electrophysiological recording (perforated patch) and mRNA expression, or used intact for pressure myography...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429218/modification-of-calcium-activated-chloride-currents-in-cerebellar-purkinje-neurons
#7
E A Vikhareva, V L Zamoyski, V V Grigoriev
The whole-cell voltage clamp technique was employed to record the total ionic currents in rat cerebellar Purkinje neurons. When intrapipette solution contained 120 mM KCl, replacement of the standard external physiological saline with Na-free solution resulted in appearance of inward tail current after the end of the depolarizing pulse. When intrapipette potassium ions were replaced for cesium ones, the tail currents were observed even in the presence of normal Na(+) concentration (140 mM) in the external solution...
April 21, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428739/high-salt-intake-augments-excitability-of-pvn-neurons-in-rats-role-of-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-ca-2-store
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Robert A Larson, Andrew D Chapp, Le Gui, Michael J Huber, Zixi Jack Cheng, Zhiying Shan, Qing-Hui Chen
High salt (HS) intake sensitizes central autonomic circuitry leading to sympathoexcitation. However, its underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. We hypothesized that inhibition of PVN endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) store function would augment PVN neuronal excitability and sympathetic nerve activity (SNA). We further hypothesized that a 2% (NaCl) HS diet for 5 weeks would reduce ER Ca(2+) store function and increase excitability of PVN neurons with axon projections to the rostral ventrolateral medulla (PVN-RVLM) identified by retrograde label...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427143/activity-induced-spontaneous-spikes-in-gabaergic-neurons-suppress-seizure-discharges-an-implication-of-computational-modeling
#9
Wei Lu, Jing Feng, Bo Wen, Kewei Wang, Jin-Hui Wang
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy, a prevalent neurological disorder, appears self-termination. The endogenous mechanism for seizure self-termination remains to be addressed in order to develop new strategies for epilepsy treatment. We aim to examine the role of activity-induced spontaneous spikes at GABAergic neurons as an endogenous mechanism in the seizure self-termination. METHODS AND RESULTS: Neuronal spikes were induced by depolarization pulses at cortical GABAergic neurons from temporal lobe epilepsy patients and mice, in which some of these neurons fired activity-induced spontaneous spikes...
February 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424616/whole-blood-cytokine-response-to-local-traffic-related-particulate-matter-in-peruvian-children-with-and-without-asthma
#10
Jesse P Negherbon, Karina Romero, D'Ann L Williams, Rafael E Guerrero-Preston, Thomas Hartung, Alan L Scott, Patrick N Breysse, William Checkley, Nadia N Hansel
This study sought to investigate if acute phase immune responses of whole blood from Peruvian children with controlled and uncontrolled asthma differed from children without asthma, following exposure to traffic-related particulate matter (TRPM). TRPM, including particulate matter from diesel combustion, has been shown to stimulate acute airway inflammation in individuals with and without asthma. For this study, a whole blood assay (WBA) was used to test peripheral whole blood samples from 27 children with asthma, and 12 without asthma...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423316/diversity-in-excitation-inhibition-mismatch-underlies-local-functional-heterogeneity-in-the-rat-auditory-cortex
#11
Can Tao, Guangwei Zhang, Chang Zhou, Lijuan Wang, Sumei Yan, Huizhong Whit Tao, Li I Zhang, Yi Zhou, Ying Xiong
Cortical neurons are heterogeneous in their functional properties. This heterogeneity is fundamental for the processing of different features of sensory information. However, functional diversity within a local group of neurons is poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that neighboring cortical neurons in layer 5 but not those of layer 4 of the rat anterior auditory field (AAF) exhibited a surprisingly high level of diversity in tonal receptive fields. In vivo whole-cell voltage-clamp recordings revealed that the diversity of frequency representation was due to a spectral mismatch between synaptic excitation and inhibition to varying degrees...
April 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422818/inhibition-of-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-subtype-1-alters-the-excitability-of-the-commissural-pyramidal-neuron-in-the-rat-anterior-cingulate-cortex-after-chronic-constriction-injury-to-the-sciatic-nerve
#12
Shi-Hao Gao, Lin-Lin Shen, Hui-Zhong Wen, Yan-Dong Zhao, Huai-Zhen Ruan
BACKGROUND: Inhibition of the metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 1 in the anterior cingulate cortex has an analgesic effect during sustained nociceptive hypersensitivity. However, the specific changes in different subtypes of anterior cingulate cortex layer 5 pyramidal neurons, as well as the distinct effect of metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 1 inhibition on different neuronal subtypes, have not been well studied. METHODS: Retrograde labeling combined with immunofluorescence, whole cell clamp recording, and behavioral tests combined with RNA interference were performed in a rat model of chronic constriction injury to the sciatic nerve...
April 19, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419854/a-formalin-inactivated-vaccine-provides-good-protection-against-vibrio-harveyi-infection-in-orange-spotted-grouper-epinephelus-coioides
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Hai Trong Nguyen, Thuy Thi Thu Nguyen, Ming-An Tsai, E Ya-Zhen, Pei-Chyi Wang, Shih-Chu Chen
Vibrio harveyi is one of the most common threats to farmed grouper, so considerable efforts are in practice to control the pathogen. This study presents a highly effective vaccine against V. harveyi in the orange-spotted grouper with the help of a single intraperitoneal immunization. The vaccine candidate was in form of whole, formalin-inactivated V. harveyi cells combined with a metabolizable ISA763 AVG adjuvant. Our results indicated that the vaccine triggered a remarkably higher expression level of interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, IL-8, and IL-10 in the groupers' kidneys and spleens, as recorded after 1 and 3 days of immunization...
April 15, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416807/a-simplified-protocol-for-differentiation-of-electrophysiologically-mature-neuronal-networks-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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N Gunhanlar, G Shpak, M van der Kroeg, L A Gouty-Colomer, S T Munshi, B Lendemeijer, M Ghazvini, C Dupont, W J G Hoogendijk, J Gribnau, F M S de Vrij, S A Kushner
Progress in elucidating the molecular and cellular pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders has been hindered by the limited availability of living human brain tissue. The emergence of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) has offered a unique alternative strategy using patient-derived functional neuronal networks. However, methods for reliably generating iPSC-derived neurons with mature electrophysiological characteristics have been difficult to develop. Here, we report a simplified differentiation protocol that yields electrophysiologically mature iPSC-derived cortical lineage neuronal networks without the need for astrocyte co-culture or specialized media...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415676/nitrobenzylthioinosine-mimics-adenosine-to-attenuate-the-epileptiform-discharge-of-hippocampal-neurons-from-epileptic-rats
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Hao Huang, Jing Wang, Jun Zhang, Zhong Luo, Dongxu Li, Xiaowei Qiu, Yan Peng, Zhongxiang Xu, Ping Xu, Zucai Xu
Nitrobenzylthioinosine (NBTI), a specific inhibitor of type 1 equilibrative nucleoside transporter, could regulate the extracellular adenosine concentration and have protective roles in seizures. However, the protection mechanism of NBTI in seizures remains poorly understood. Here, the expression pattern and subcellular distribution of adenosine A1 receptor were detected by Western blot analysis and double-labeling immunofluorescence staining in Lithium Chloride-Pilocarpine induced epileptic rat model. At 24 h after pilocarpine induced rat seizures, hippocampal slices were prepared and the evoked excitatory postsynaptic currents (eEPSCs) amplitude of pyramidal neurons in hippocampus CA1 region was recorded using whole-cell patch clamp...
March 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413822/distinct-neural-properties-in-the-low-frequency-region-of-the-chicken-cochlear-nucleus-magnocellularis
#16
Xiaoyu Wang, Hui Hong, David H Brown, Jason Tait Sanchez, Yuan Wang
Topography in the avian cochlear nucleus magnocellularis (NM) is represented as gradually increasing characteristic frequency (CF) along the caudolateral-to-rostromedial axis. In this study, we characterized the organization and cell biophysics of the caudolateral NM (NMc) in chickens (Gallus gallus). Examination of cellular and dendritic architecture first revealed that NMc contains small neurons and extensive dendritic processes, in contrast to adendritic, large neurons located more rostromedially. Individual dye-filling study further demonstrated that NMc is divided into two subregions, with NMc2 neurons having larger and more complex dendritic fields than NMc1...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413199/rapid-and-coordinated-processing-of-global-motion-images-by-local-clusters-of-retinal-ganglion-cells
#17
Akihiro Matsumoto, Masao Tachibana
Even when the body is stationary, the whole retinal image is always in motion by fixational eye movements and saccades that move the eye between fixation points. Accumulating evidence indicates that the brain is equipped with specific mechanisms for compensating for the global motion induced by these eye movements. However, it is not yet fully understood how the retina processes global motion images during eye movements. Here we show that global motion images evoke novel coordinated firing in retinal ganglion cells (GCs)...
2017: Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411268/attention-to-multiple-objects-facilitates-their-integration-in-prefrontal-and-parietal-cortex
#18
Yee-Joon Kim, Jeffrey J Tsai, Jeffrey Ojemann, Preeti Verghese
Selective attention is known to interact with perceptual organization. In visual scenes, individual objects that are distinct and discriminable may occur on their own, or in groups such as a stack of books. The main objective of this study is to probe the neural interaction that occurs between individual objects when attention is directed towards one or more objects. Here we record steady-state visual evoked potentials via electrocorticography (ECoG) to directly assess the responses to individual stimuli and to their interaction...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411183/membrane-permeation-of-arginine-rich-cell-penetrating-peptides-independent-of-transmembrane-potential-as-a-function-of-lipid-composition-and-membrane-fluidity
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Rike Wallbrecher, Tobias Ackels, R Alis Olea, Marco J Klein, Lucie Caillon, Jürgen Schiller, Petra H Bovée-Geurts, Toin H van Kuppevelt, Anne S Ulrich, Marc Spehr, Merel J W Adjobo-Hermans, Roland Brock
Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) are prominent delivery vehicles to confer cellular entry of (bio-) macromolecules. Internalization efficiency and uptake mechanism depend, next to the type of CPP and cargo, also on cell type. Direct penetration of the plasma membrane is the preferred route of entry as this circumvents endolysosomal sequestration. However, the molecular parameters underlying this import mechanism are still poorly defined. Here, we make use of the frequently used HeLa and HEK cell lines to address the role of lipid composition and membrane potential...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411158/intrinsic-membrane-properties-and-cholinergic-modulation-of-mouse-basal-forebrain-glutamatergic-neurons-in-vitro
#20
Chun Yang, James T McKenna, Ritchie E Brown
The basal forebrain (BF) controls sleep-wake cycles, attention and reward processing. Compared to cholinergic and GABAergic neurons, BF glutamatergic neurons are less well understood, due to difficulties in identification. Here, we use vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (vGluT2)-tdTomato mice, expressing a red fluorescent protein (tdTomato) in the major group of BF glutamatergic neurons (vGluT2+) to characterize their intrinsic electrical properties and cholinergic modulation. Whole-cell, patch-clamp recordings were made from vGluT2+ neurons in coronal BF slices...
April 12, 2017: Neuroscience
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